Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Getting ready for APE

I work in a large, academic library, and we're lucky enough to have a letterpress workshop in the basement. Way back when I was an undergrad at The Evergreen State College, I took some letterpress workshops, and have been eager to get back in the practice of setting letters upside down and backwards.

This week I created letterpress covers for my new mini comic, Woman King, which will be debuting at the Alternative Press Expo this weekend, November 1st and 2nd.

Here's the setup on the Vandercook Press, with that lovely blue ink on the rollers.

...and here's what I'm going to be spending the next few days doing. Folding and binding mini comics.

The other mini I'm debuting at APE this year isn't so "mini", Giant Size Tragic Relief is a collection of issues #2-7 of the Tragic Relief comics. 85. x 11" and 52 pages. It's available right now from I Know Joe Kimpel.

Hope to see you at the show! I'll be with I Know Joe Kimpel at table #217.

Monday, October 27, 2008

A finished "St Lucia" page

It's kind of at a wonky angle since I didn't have a scanner- I just took a photo with the digital camera.
This is a mysterious project. Answers will reveal themselves in time.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Giant Size Tragic Relief

I got tired of having to reprint all of the issues of "Tragic Relief" and decided to just collect them all in one big book.

52 pages, 8.5 x11, xeroxed, $5.

It'll debut at APE and be available soon after that from I Know Joe Kimpel and wholesale through Tony Shenton.

I had a lot of fun layering all this linework for the covers.

I pasted origami paper hearts on the cover, partly because of the "sex, love and the 'unkowable other'" themes from the stories, and partly because I did this for one of my first zines and liked the idea of the little homage.

Monday, October 13, 2008

St. Lucia, Bless this Blog

A rejected panel from a current project (I drew the page at the wrong orientation).

St. Lucia or Lucy is the patron saint of the blind or people with eye trouble.